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I think the show will stop having the feeling that we're traveling in a big circle. No more Kazon. We can say what we want, but the Kazon are just half-baked Klingons.
— Executive Producer Brannon Braga on retiring the Kazon, Star Trek: Voyager

Jay: Maybe they'll improve on it in the next movie and have a villain who wants to get revenge.
Mike: That's what they did, Jay.
Jay: Oh. I meant the opposite of that.
Mike: A villain who wants to be friends? I AM GOING TO MAKE YOU MY FRIEND AGAIN, AT WHATEVER THE COST. AND I HAVE THIS GIANT, GIANT DOOMSDAY FRIENDSHIP DEVICE. I'LL TURN YOUR PLANET INTO PARADISE, SOLVE ALL YOUR WORLDLY PROBLEMS LIKE HUNGER AND DISEASE. THEN WE WILL BE FRIENDS!!!

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Boy, I’m sure glad Star Trek evolved from those simpleminded days of having Klingons as an all-purpose, two-dimensional evil race constantly sending out deranged commanders for the Federation to take down, into our current sophisticated era where we have... well, exactly the same thing, only now we call them Romulans. We’ve... come a long way, baby?

Of course in earlier films there are tonnes of examples of villains not killing Bond when offered the chance, or constructing ridiculous secret lairs, or putting Bond in elaborate deathtraps. However, this is the first time that it felt like these things were being done strictly to adhere to a formula. There’s no reason for Mr. Big to have a top-secret underground cave-system headquarters, but other Bond villains do, so why not? There’s no obligation on him to keep a shark tank in that headquarters, but there has to be a deathtrap, right? In fact, if I’m not mistaken, it was this movie which inspired the “unnecessarily slow dipping mechanism” from Austin Powers.

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The Daleks are the ones who establish what monsters are. They are the ones to set up one of the tentpoles of the series, and in one sense every other monster in the series is just an expansion or a variation on something the Daleks do in the original Nation or Whitaker stories. The Cybermen are the Daleks with unfeeling extermination turned up to eleven, the Ice Warriors are just a variation on the small core of Daleks struggling to survive, and the Silence are just Whitaker's alchemical Daleks for a new generation. Even the Master is just a sexier version of the Dalek shouting "I AM YOUR SERVANT" in Power of the Daleks.

Men meeting in dark smoky rooms in the depths of the FBI building has almost become something of a joke recurrence on this show now. When Scully walked into Skinner's office and everybody is standing there looking so desperately serious I wanted her to crack up just to break the tension. I think Alan Dale has shown up in just about every cult TV show known to mankind. Maybe even every single TV show known to mankind. He's such a charismatic performer so why would the producers decide to shove him in the role of a silent observer chewing on a tooth pick?
Joe Ford on The X-Files, "Provenance"

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This episode was rife with the Jesus injection. They got a big ole stereotype needle, loaded it up with platitudes, and shot it into Superman and Doomsday... This is, of course, utter crap. If there is a devil on this show, it's Lex. If there's a Jesus, it's Clark. Doomsday is at best one of the beasts of the apocalypse. He's a dull, mindless killing machine whose sole purpose is to kill Superman. Judas is a close metaphor, but Judas doesn't beat Jesus to death, he sells him out to the Romans.

Lex is gone, and so the writers are trying to insert importance upon a temporary character, and this undermines the efficacy of the previous legend, which is already more undermined by the minute with the cheap ploys and absent characterizations that make up this show.
Neal Bailey on Smallville ("Eternal")

Doctor Octopus II, later called Lady Octopus, was Otto Octavius’s secret apprentice who somehow has her own set of octopus arms even though there was an entire miniseries devoted to detailing what actually happened to Dr. Octopus’s arms after his stupid-ass death. The new Ock’s arms are of course ten billion times better than the originals, shooting electricity and acid and fire and god knows what else... Lady Octopus is just everything goddamn wrong with '90s comics in general.

Okay pal, stop right there. I know you’re just doing the same imitation of the Kurgan that every Highlander bad guy does, but it doesn’t work that way. The Kurgan was cheesy and menacing because he didn’t go full out over the top until late in the film. Our first introduction to the Kurgan was when he was dressed in badass armor and nearly killing Connor. Then in the modern day, he remained a largely silent menacing figure until late in the film when he went full-blown psycho in an attempt to get into Connor’s head. Every villain since then has tried to go full-out crazy right from the beginning without building up any of the menace, and the Guardian is probably the worst offender in that regard.

Isn't this blatantly the same plot as Advanced Warfare? Except they couldn't get Kevin Spacey, so they got Robert Picardo instead, the next name on the smart-but-faintly-sinister-balding-corporate-types list.


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